The Master of Science in Biology program offers graduate students a high quality degree program in biological sciences that meets national standards of excellence. Program faculty are committed to quality teaching and the discovery of new knowledge. The Master of Science - Biology program supports the University's mission of providing advanced professional education.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 cumulative grade point ratio and at least 24 semester hours in biology and a general program, including related scientific subjects, which would be equivalent to the biology major program offered for the Bachelor of Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students who are deficient in some subject, but whose records are otherwise superior, may make up their deficiencies while they are enrolled in the graduate program.
Undergraduate academic attainment in biology, which meets with the approval of the graduate biology faculty.
Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree.)
Three letters of recommendations.
Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a non-matriculated or non-degree basis
Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in the courses approved for a graduate major in biology. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from another institution with the permission of the school director. In addition, courses may be taken in other colleges and campuses of the University, with the director's permission.
Before a student may register beyond 9 credits, he or she is required to obtain a biology adviser. The adviser will help the student select courses most appropriate for the student's needs and interests. Ideally, the student will select a faculty member in the area of interest most closely paralleling his or her own. This faculty member also may serve as the student's mentor.
Students have the option of completing their degrees with or without a research option. Students electing to do the research and the thesis option must take the 4-credit sequence consisting of:
BIOL 7803 Research and Thesis I (2) credits
BIOL 7804 Research and Thesis II (2) credits
BIOL 6900 Biology Seminar I and BIOL 6901 Biology Seminar II are required 1 credit courses and must be taken in the fall and spring semester
Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.